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Ouch: MSNBC barely registers in media study

Here comes a new study released by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Brookings Institution titled “What Americans Want from Immigration Reform in 2014.” It includes a chapter on polarization — including opinions on the media — by my Washington Post colleague E.J. Dionne Jr. and William A. Galston.

Included in the offerings is the chart at the top of this post, which needs very little explanation. But the authors provide some in any case: “[T]here is no dominant trusted news source among Democrats or liberals,” reads the report. “Four different sources are in double digits among Democrats — the traditional networks at 31%, CNN at 26%, public television at 14% and MSNBC at 10%.”

The failure of any outlet to reap a wider Democratic/liberal audience, suggests the report, could stem from ideological diversity within the Democratic Party (46% liberal, 31% moderate and 20% conservative). Some degree of consolation, in other words, for the folks at MSNBC.